Song of the Week – Count In Songs

Ignored           Obscured            Restored

Today’s post is an example of what can happen when you get an idea for a topic and it sends you down a rabbit hole.

I was listening to some old Beatles albums (I got a new turntable) and the verbal “count in” on “I Saw Her Standing There” caught my attention.  I thought to myself “It’s very cool that they left the count in on the released recording.”  Then I began to tickle my brain to try to remember other songs that are better for having the count in left on them.

If you don’t know what I’m referring to, a count in (sometimes called a count off) is used by a band to set the tempo and help the musicians all start at the right time.

I’m breaking my usual format of analyzing the songs’ music and lyrics to make more room for the recordings.  Today I’m a man of few words – except 1-2-3-4!

There are plenty of other examples.

Lawyers, Guns, and Money – Warren Zevon

Ball of Confusion – The Temptations

The Ocean – Led Zeppelin

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen (but in the middle, not at the beginning)

Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (in Spanish!)

Check them out if you dare.

Enjoy… until next week.

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